'Southland' lives at TNT

michael-cudlitz-southland-3.jpgThe suspense is over for "Southland" fans: The show will be back for a third season on TNT.

The cable channel has ordered 10 more episodes of the critically hailed and fiercely loved cop show, which TNT picked up after NBC canceled it last fall. Season 3 is scheduled to premiere in January.

"'Southland' is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters," TNT programming boss Michael Wright says. "These qualities have made 'Southland' a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience."

TNT aired all 13 produced episodes of the show earlier this year. The first seven -- which aired on NBC in 2009 -- performed only modestly in the ratings, but Season 2 episodes in March and April picked up. The six-episode second season averaged 2.7 million viewers (not huge numbers for TNT, but not bad either), a little mroe than half of whom fell into the adults 18-49 demographic. The channel also notes that "Southland" is its youngest original series, with a median viewer age of 47.

The series stars Ben McKenzie and Michael Cudlitz as LAPD patrol officers; the cast also includes Regina King, Clifton Collins Jr., Kevin Alejandro, Arija Bareikis, Tom Everett Scott, Shawn Hatosy and Michael McGrady. Ann Biderman created the series and executive produces with John Wells and Christopher Chulack.

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